A visit with the Space Shuttle DISCOVERY

By: Proserpina , 9:59 PM GMT on August 08, 2012

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This past Tuesday my husband and I visited the annex of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Virginia. The specific goal was to see the new member of the Museum, the Space Shuttle DISCOVERY.

The following information was copied and pasted from :

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperat ions/orbiters/orbitersdis.html

“Space Shuttle Overview: Discovery (OV-103)

Discovery (OV-103), the third of NASA's fleet of reusable, winged spaceships, arrived at Kennedy Space Center in November 1983. It was launched on its first mission, flight 41-D, on August 30, 1984. It carried aloft three communications satellites for deployment by its astronaut crew.

Other Discovery milestones include the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope on mission STS-31 in April 1990, the launching of the Ulysses spacecraft to explore the sun's polar regions on mission STS-41 in October of that year and the deployment of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) in September 1991.”

More Information

"Discovery (OV-103) was NASA's third space shuttle orbiter to join the fleet, arriving for the first time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in November 1983.

After checkout and processing, it was launched on Aug. 30, 1984, for its first mission, 41-D, to deploy three communications satellites.

Since that inaugural flight, Discovery has completed more than 30 successful missions, surpassing the number of flights made by any other orbiter in NASA's fleet. Just like all of the orbiters, it has undergone some major modifications over the years. The most recent began in 2002 and was the first carried out at Kennedy. It provided 99 upgrades and 88 special tests, including new changes to make it safer for flight.

Discovery has the distinction of being chosen as the Return to Flight orbiter twice. The first was for STS-26 in 1988, and the second when it carried the STS-114 crew on NASA's Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station in July 2005.

The choice of the name "Discovery" carried on a tradition drawn from some historic, Earth-bound exploring ships of the past. One of these sailing forerunners was the vessel used in the early 1600s by Henry Hudson to explore Hudson Bay and search for a northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Another such ship was used by British explorer James Cook in the 1770s during his voyages in the South Pacific, leading to the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. In addition, two British Royal Geographical Society ships have carried the name "Discovery" as they sailed on expeditions to the North Pole and the Antarctic.

Destined for exploring the heavens instead of the seas, it was only fitting that NASA's Discovery carried the Hubble Space Telescope into space during mission STS-31 in April 1990, and provided both the second and third Hubble servicing missions (STS-82 in February 1997 and STS-103 in December 1999).

During its many successful trips to space, Discovery has carried satellites aloft, ferried modules and crew to the International Space Station, and provided the setting for countless scientific experiments.”

Additional information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Discov ery

“The spacecraft takes its name from four British ships of exploration named Discovery, primarily HMS Discovery, one of the ships commanded by Captain James Cook during his third and final major voyage from 1776 to 1779.

Others include

Henry Hudson's Discovery, which he used in 1610–1611 to search for a Northwest Passage. This ship had previously been used in the 1607 founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in what was to become the United States;

HMS Discovery, one of the ships which took Captain George Nares' British Arctic Expedition of 1875–1876 to the North Pole; and

RRS Discovery, a Royal Geographical Society research vessel which, under the command of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton, was the main ship of the 1901–1904 "Discovery Expedition" to Antarctica which is still preserved as a museum in Dundee, Scotland.”

I apologize that the photos I took and post here are not very good, but I am sharing anyways.

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This last photo was taken from the front of the Museum looking out.

Both my husband and I felt a sense of awe when seeing the Discovery. We also felt pride for our Nation and her accomplishments in space exploration.

Someday our descendants will be able to get in a spaceship and travel to other planets, pretty much the way we get in a plane and visit any place in the World. For my husband and me, this is the closest we will ever get to ‘touching space’.

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Ray of Sunlight (Proserpina)
Everyone stands alone at the heart of the world pierced by a ray of sunlight, and suddenly it is evening. Salvatore Quasimodo
Ray of Sunlight
Fleeting Beauty (Proserpina)
Fleeting Beauty
Indigo Vision (Proserpina)
"Indigo Visions" There is a world of violet light Within our mind, within our heart Where spirits take final flight And sorrow can depart (extracted from Artist of Life, by Sue Emery,
Indigo Vision
Morning Gleam (Proserpina)
"With the first gleam of morning rays, the garden is a prism of a thousand hues refracted in tiny does of crystal dew, a dazzling quilt of millefleur colors covering the sleeping flower beds." - Duane Michals, The Vanishing Act
Morning Gleam

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78. palmettobug53
12:02 AM GMT on August 25, 2012
Hope the eye appt went well.

I need to go in, myself. I think my scrip needs tweaking, as I've been noticing some tiredness and difficulty reading and working on the computer lately. I shouldn't put it off but I dread having to pay for new glasses. Once you go into bifocals, the cost skyrockets.

My face is small, too, and I have a hard time finding frames that fit. It seems like the only frames that fit are the more expensive ones!

I do try to follow the 20/20/20 rule at work. Every twenty minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Staring at computer screens does stress the eyes. AND I use eyedrops a lot. My opthalmologist told me that people tend to not blink normally when working on computers. They stare and their eyes get dry. He said to use drops every 30 minutes.

I'm not really good at remembering to do the 20/20/20 rule or using my drops every 30 minutes but I try.
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77. janetlee
12:58 PM GMT on August 24, 2012
I noticed in Snadi blog you had an early morning already so hopefully by now you are back to peacefully sleeping for a few more minutes.

Koko looks wonderful after the groomer visit. Such a pretty little dog!

Thanks for the info on binca but I think we will stay with the SAM name. I have not seen any white cats in the area so I suspect he was put out or escaped from his home.

I have errands to run so I need to get moving and stop lollygagging around this machine~~take care
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76. Proserpina
10:11 AM GMT on August 24, 2012
happy birthday Pictures, Images and Photos

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75. Proserpina
9:41 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
Ylee, you sneaked in! How exciting to find your genealogy! Some lovely person did the research and based on my goals, it was done for himself/herself and for those who might enjoy it! Can you see the big grin on my face?

If the genealogy is on Ancestry.com or similar site the author of the genealogy is given. Look a little more, you might be able to figure out who prepared it.

May I make a suggestion? Download it to pass on to your children.

Oh, I nibble and occasionally I bite!
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74. Proserpina
9:35 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
{{{{Bug}}}}, funny that you should ask! Today I felt that it was justified to bring out my red ants. A little background to my story: About four weeks ago I had an appointment with my retina specialist, a few days before the appointment it was postponed to next week. Doctor was going to be out of town. Today I got a call saying that they needed to postpone my appointment (it would have been next week) because the doctor will be out of town. Well, nicely I told the lady that the appointment had already been postponed once and that my eyes are very important to me! In my nice but assertive voice I asked to make an appointment with another doctor. I got immediate action, I was asked to come in today with the same doctor! Mind you the eye that needs to be monitored is the one that almost went blind a couple of months ago! Red ants are at times useful!

I thank you for making exceptions for me, even though I am a red ant.

Hi GG, I too would like to hold Koko on my lap and cuddle with her BUT she will not sit on anyone's lap! What kind of a lap dog is she?! She also was supposed to be 15 lbs less but she grew and grew and grew (She has papers but they lie!). Fortunately for Koko I love her no matter what.

Sandi, I was typing the new blog when the phone rang, the rest of the story is above (my post for Bug). I guess it will be a few more days before the new blog goes up.

Thank you for the visits. I hope today has been a good one for you and that this evening is a great one.
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73. Ylee
9:25 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
I don't know, bug. She may not bite, but she may nibble a bit, lol!

Pros, hope you are doing well! :)

Oh, purely by accident, I found a geneaology website where I typed in my great-grandfather's name, and after verifying that it was him, followed his lineage all the way to England in the mid 15th century! I had no idea! I wonder who did the research, as no one in my immediate family has done any searching like that. I do have some kin in another state, they may have done it!

How cool is that? :)
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72. palmettobug53
9:08 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
She looks good, Pros!

Yep, freshly groomed dogs stay clean about as long as freshly groomed kids! lol

How's my favourite Red Ant doing today? Normally, I don't care much for red ants. Most of them bite. But I've made an exception for this particular Red Ant!
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71. GardenGrrl
4:53 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
Oh what a cutie! Just want to put Koko in my lap and cuddle the puppy.
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70. Proserpina
1:11 PM GMT on August 23, 2012

This photo of Koko was taken yesterday after her groomer left. She stays pristine white for about one hour after her grooming!
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68. sandiquiz
6:59 AM GMT on August 23, 2012
New blog .... Oh, I will come back later!

{I did a new one today, as well!}

Take care :)
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67. palmettobug53
4:29 PM GMT on August 22, 2012
Hi, Pros.

Trying to do a quick visit here and there.

Hope your Wed is a good one.
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66. Proserpina
1:21 PM GMT on August 22, 2012
Good morning. We have a glorious Fall morning. Not hot, not cold, sunny, just gorgeous. Now all we need is rain (but at night only).

All is well here, doing the usual needed chores such as grocery shopping (wow, exciting!). Koko's grooming lady comes today and by early afternoon K will be a beautiful little old lady! While K gets beautiful I will start typing the next blog, the research is completed.

Shore, glad that your special project is completed and hopefully we will see a little more of you. We do miss you when you are not around to jog our brains into action.
Your dream is deliciously funny! The Amaretti are the delicious part, the cost of the Amaretti and the fact that you actually dreamed this little vignette, are truly funny! Interestingly we are on the same 'delicious food pleasure' brainwave, you'll see what I mean when you see the new blog. Oh how I wish my dreams were about delicious desserts as well! By the way, do you like Amaretti di Saronno?

Patti, I hope that your visit with your mom was a pleasant one. You know, I am behind the times when it comes to modern communication machinery. I have an old fashioned cell phone which I only use in emergency situations and no one ever calls me on the cell since I don't ever turn it on. I have a Kindle because my son gave it to me for my birthday but I have never used it, luckily my husband loves to read his books on my Kindle. The computer is the only piece of 'modern' equipment that I enjoy using but have no knowledge on how to maintain it. Fortunately my hubby is a computer expert and so I rely on his expertise. By the way, I fought the idea of having a computer of my own for a long long time, but once I got one and discovered that it is a wonderful tool for research, well, I am now glued to the computer. ENJOY your new Ipad, who knows, one day I may join the rest of the communicating world!

GeorgiaStormz, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comments very much. It truly was a special day when we visited part of our Space History Vehicle.

Sandi, lol! He copes by giving the impression that he is listening while in actuality his mind is miles and miles away! He has the technique down to an art! He, he!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone, and please let's keep Isaac out or our areas!
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65. shoreacres
2:31 AM GMT on August 22, 2012
Evening, Pros,

I've been thinking about you since I woke from a dream about 4 a.m. this morning. I rarely have truly strange dreams, but this was a funny one, with a bit of an Italian connection!

I dreamed that I received a tin of Amaretti di Saronno. I had ordered them, and had been looking forward to their arrival. I knew they would be expensive because they'd been shipped, but when I looked at the invoice in the carton, it was for $3,040.65! Exactly! I still can see the invoice from the dream.

I was so shocked, and called the company to ask if they could correct the error. They said no, they couldn't. I should look at the invoice and see that it was the shipping that cost so much - they had been shipped by Amtrak!
I owed the $3K+.

And then I woke up. I was so relieved to discover it was just a dream, I went right back to sleep!

I hope you're asleep now after your short night. I got my little task finished and sent, and now can do some roaming around. ;)
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64. redagainPatti
11:10 PM GMT on August 21, 2012
Just running in to wave hi this evening... I just got back home from spending a few days with my mom ... Back on MY darling computer! I laid out some money and got an Ipad but still learning how to move around in there.. plus the keyboard is taking some learning curve in typing on it... I will learn it or find some way for my fingers to type the correct letters on the small keyboard.... Have an idea but need to talk to somebody in how to make the item that I need...
ANYWAY... hope wednesday on... is a good week for all of you!!
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63. GeorgiaStormz
2:24 PM GMT on August 21, 2012
nice blog.
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62. sandiquiz
10:56 AM GMT on August 20, 2012
Good morning to you - I hope you are still sleeping, after having another better night!

I see you allowed your hot-blooded Italian self come to the surface! How on earth does a laid back Yorkshire lad cope! lol (Most Yorkshire men are easy going due to their farming background. It is no good getting hot under the collar when you work with "stock"! ;-).

Pity I don't take after my farming roots! Not quite a red ant, but certainly don't like having my feathers ruffled! lol
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61. Proserpina
10:36 PM GMT on August 19, 2012
Mass, so glad that you came by, I will go read the post that you indicate to see what has been going on in your life. Welcome back.
We got back from our friend's house a short while ago. It indeed was a celebration of his life, not sad at all! Tons of family members, friends, neighbors, former dance students came by to chat, eat, reminisce. We got to see friends and acquaintances we had not seen for over ten years, as well as current friends. We all did what our departed friend wanted us to do, enjoy each others company and remember our time with him and his wife.

GG, I had a pretty good rant on my blog, but it seems that you have fodder for a rant of your own! Maybe we'll hear about it when you are ready to rant. As for me, the rant is out of my system, for now anyways.

Hi Janetlee, I did sleep well last night and I am grateful for the sleep. I really was a mess yesterday. I am whispering a thank you for your note.
Sorry that your mom had problems with Morning Glories. I love them, I have loved them since my childhood, I will always love them. Let them take over my yard! I'll just take more photos of them!

Sandi, at times I am a pigheaded stubborn red ant and listen to no one but my blind anger. Anger and jumping to conclusion get me in a lot of trouble when I let the negative thinking rule over my better judgement. So, instead of listening to you, I lost lots and lots of sleep! To be honest, my periodic sleepless nights are not always caused by worry or negative thoughts, it just happens with or without my help.

Have a wonderful evening. I am going to spend some time with Koko, she is unhappy that I left her to fend for herself while we were gone.
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60. masshysteria
8:18 PM GMT on August 19, 2012
((((PROS))) ~

Link to my blogsite, especially, Post #26, which gives a further explanation as to why my weeks long leave of absence on WU.

Big hugs, love and thanks for your thoughts, prayers, concern and beautiful graphics left on my blogsite these past few weeks!

My thoughts and prayers to your friend who never smoked and has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer. My elderly half brother-in-law (89), who also never smoked. is in the latter stages of it himself. I know how emotionally difficult it can be on those close family members and/or friends of these or any other victims of terminal-type cancers.

So sorry to hear of the recent loss of your close family friend, Tom. Our prayers to him and, of course, to your year long departed nephew. May time heal the pain of these important losses.

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59. Proserpina
1:40 PM GMT on August 19, 2012
Today friends and family celebrate the life of Tom, our longtime friend. Tom passed away a week ago. Also the first anniversary of the death of my nephew is fast approaching. This photo is dedicated to them and their families.


"Indigo Visions"

There are unexpected places
Beyond perspective, beyond time
Where angels leave no traces
And grief becomes sublime

There is a world of violet light
Within our mind, within our heart
Where spiritis take final flight
And sorrow can depart

There was a sound so soft and still
Close as a whisper, close to death
Where healing heart brings goodwill
And inner light takes breath

There are no sobs, nor wailing songs
Above the clouds, above the stars
Where nature's lamplight belongs
And wind's sweet chime afar

There's a place of sound and vision
Whose aura beckons, whose colour smiles
Where thoughts avoid collision
And indigo beguiles.

(extracted from Artist of Life, by Sue Emery)
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58. GardenGrrl
9:57 AM GMT on August 19, 2012
Good Morning. Read the above and am holding back from my own rant about how when arts are replaced by fascist ideologies things do not bode well for society.

On a brighter note, loved the morning glory :)
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57. janetlee
9:40 AM GMT on August 19, 2012
Quietly whispering Good Morning . I hope you are sleeping soundly at the moment.
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56. sandiquiz
6:42 AM GMT on August 19, 2012
So my wish for a relaxing weekend fell on deaf ears, I see.
Lack of sleep and annoying emails aside, I do hope you are, at this moment, fast asleep!
Take care :-)
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55. Proserpina
10:23 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
Hello. I went to my last art class today. Fairfax County Adult Education saw fit to eliminate art classes. To make things worst, yesterday I received an email from the Adult Education office saying that they know that I have been a long time art student and not to worry, they are continuing with the art classes but under another program. So I went to the Parktakess catalog and found two classes for watercolor 1, and a pen and ink also for beginners. Did I ever mention that I have been taking classes with FC since the 1960s? First oil painting, then Chinese painting, and lastly watercolors. I am glad that they think that I am a quick learner! NOT!
Oh yes, they are offering classes in English as a second language(as they should), landlording, Italian cooking without tomatoes, festive drinks and nibbles, etc. And a brand new course, yes a new course! WWII through German eyes! Did I ever mention that my father spent two years in Nazi concentration camps in Germany? Yes, this is definitely the course for me!
By the way the courses have never been 'free', in addition to the taxes they collect from those of us who work, they charge us a hefty fee.
I know, I am being a Photobucket

Janet, Sandi, Ylee, Shore, Bug, Skye, GG, Patti, Alley, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments. I have read them and appreciated them. I am not having a good health day and only slept about one hour, if that, last night. I am a big mess at the moment, so I will not write individual responses. Sorry.

I hope your weekend is going well and that you are enjoying whatever you are up to.

Red Ant photo by StinkeyWeaselteets-2
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54. janetlee
12:39 PM GMT on August 18, 2012
I hope you are having a relaxing week-end up your way. We are getting some drizzling rain so it will be a good day for staying in with a good book. I do like walking in the rain so I might try to intice Max for a stroll downtown. Now I'm dreaming!

I love your morning glory photo. I actually planted some a couple of years ago and when I did I heard my Mother turn over in her grave. I can still hear her complaing about them trying to take over her garden when I was a child. Memories ♥
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53. sandiquiz
9:20 AM GMT on August 18, 2012

hope you can have a wonderful, relaxing weekend:)
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52. Ylee
2:50 AM GMT on August 18, 2012
Hi, Pros! A quick flyby , so I can work on my new blog!

Take care!
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51. Proserpina
1:19 AM GMT on August 18, 2012

For all visitors and lurkers.
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50. shoreacres
1:16 AM GMT on August 18, 2012
Pros ~ I love the flowers you've been posting around. I thought you might enjoy seeing this one that reminded me so much of you!
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49. BigBug
11:18 AM GMT on August 17, 2012
Good morning, Pros.

Having a nice visit with Dad.

I'll be heading home tomorrow afternoon. I'll have a busy Sunday. Will be getting laundry done. I'll probably need to run to the grocer. Fix dinnner. Then, back to work on Monday.
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48. Skyepony
4:07 AM GMT on August 17, 2012
Pros~ I picked that Frost poem in college to memorize & recite..

Now one from my dead friend..gone 19yrs to the day, come tomorrow.

The road split the trees
so the clouds
and burnt sky
could come through

~Kelly Ryan Morrison

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47. shoreacres
3:33 AM GMT on August 17, 2012
So sorry to hear about the sadnesses in your life, Pros. We're at the time of life when these things become more common, though never any easier.

I'll be by to visit tomorrow - now, it's time for bed. I'm being careful, but it is wearing to work in this hot weather. ;)
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46. Ylee
9:55 PM GMT on August 16, 2012
Hi, Pros! Hope your week is getting better! I prefer to take the less traveled road, as well! I think Frost said it perfectly; I would have said "Going down the lonely path is more fun.", but that's not very poetic, is it? LOL!

Take care!
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45. GardenGrrl
1:58 PM GMT on August 16, 2012
Good Morning, it is overcast and cool so hoping for more rain. What a difference it made on how things look outside. What was yellow is turning green again. Also wonderful to have temps below 90f at 9am. May actually get up early Saturday and visit the Farmers Market in Old Town Grapevine then wait for the rest of the shops to open.
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44. Proserpina
1:42 PM GMT on August 16, 2012
The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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43. sandiquiz
10:05 AM GMT on August 16, 2012
Good morning, Hope you are well.... I finally got a photo of the peacock butterflies on the buddleia, which I will post in a bit.

Done several loads of laundry and got some ironed, now having a gentle stroll around the blogs.
Truth to tell I am avoiding going to my own blog as there are so many entries that I need to reply to, and haven't the time, so I may just say - Hi and thanks!
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42. redagainPatti
9:13 AM GMT on August 16, 2012
Good morning folks.... Got up extra early today and updated a few spots in here... Hope you all have a good day!!
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41. Alleyoops
9:06 AM GMT on August 16, 2012
Good morning PROS. No not watching much TV at all. Hardly turn the thing on. Watch most of my movies on the computer for free on Youtube. They really do have a good selection. A lot of folks are uploading their favorites so I not only have what youtube offers but this whole array of goodies from fans of older movies.

Will be starting a new blog tomorrow, another event/situation dealing with WWII. I had a choice of two subjects but decided on the latter of the two. May do the other one later. The only hint I will give is that Robert Shaw the burly captain in JAWS mentions it in the movie. LOL

Well dear one, hope you have a great Thursday and that you are getting lots of good rest. I need a cup of coffee as my head is stuffed up at the moment and take my thyroid med. Later comes the other pharmaceuticals that I need to live...Jeeze....
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40. Proserpina
9:52 PM GMT on August 15, 2012
GG, absolutely! I declare this Parakeet a RED ANT PARAKEET!
I love the photo and the script!
Recently a very young daughter of a cousin of a cousin asked to be a friend on FB, of course I said yes. Reading her comments is an affirmation that the Red Ants are alive and well in the town of L! In fact, they become Red Ants in their mother's womb!

Hi Alley, did you catch up on the missed sleep? I wish that your rain would come my way but so far nothing, nada, zilch! Are you watching So You Think You Can Dance? I am and just love the talent that these young people have.

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39. GardenGrrl
8:35 PM GMT on August 15, 2012
Hi Prose,
Could this guy be an honorary Red Ant?

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38. Alleyoops
2:50 PM GMT on August 14, 2012
Good morning PROS. Thanks for letting me know that they now have a National Navajo Code Talkers recognition day. Its about time. We had another early morning bout of showers again and with the temps at 66F it a rather pleasant but damp day out. They have finally moved to the northeast of us so someone else can benefit from those nice showers.

Finally catching up on the sleep I missed after pulling another all nighter on Sunday. I sure hate when that happens. Anyway hope your sleeping better too. The nice cool temps sure help.

Have a great day dear one.
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37. Proserpina
1:59 PM GMT on August 14, 2012
Good morning. It is a gloomy day with a drop or two or rain. Temperatures are comfortable.

Hi Janet, GG, Sandi, Aqua, Bug (thank you for the offer of a hug, it would be nice). Thank you for stopping by and leaving your nice comments. I appreciate your visits.

Yesterday I had an appointment, made a few more calls, and then just lazed around. I might do more lazing today, I have not decided yet.

I hope your Tuesday is a good one.
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36. janetlee
12:27 PM GMT on August 14, 2012
stopping by to leave you with a {hug}
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35. GardenGrrl
10:14 AM GMT on August 14, 2012
Hug fly by... :)
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34. sandiquiz
4:36 AM GMT on August 14, 2012
Up early so I can have a wander around the halls of WU before I get busy. I have a friend and her young son coming to visit for a couple of days so won't be around as much.
Thinking of you - take care.
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33. janetlee
3:06 PM GMT on August 13, 2012
I am so very sorry to hear the news of your dear friend. Prayers got out to all of you. Cancer is such a terrible thing, hopefully one day a real cure will be found for all of it.

On a brighter side...I really enjoyed your Museum visit. The photos are wonderful for those of us who will never make it to that exhibit. We visited the Air & Space Museum a few years ago. It has a great selection of history. One day we hope to make it back up that way but for some reason it seems we only go South when we head out.

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32. GardenGrrl
11:55 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Hugs and prayers.
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31. palmettobug53
12:29 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Oh, Pros....

I'm so sorry. I know your heart is heavy right now and I wish I was there to give you a hug. Hold your hand. Or just sit with you.
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30. Proserpina
11:54 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Hi Aqua and Sandi.

Hi Bug. Thank you for thinking of me and trying to figure out how to get rid of the wasps' nest. Yes, it is a ground wasp nest, right by the southside of the house where my biggest garden is located. We do have a service which comes 4 times a year to treat around the house, etc. I can also call them at any time for additional treatment. I should have called them after the first attack but I just put it off until they came after me again! I will call tomorrow.

To be honest, my heart is heavy right now. Yesterday I found out about my friend of 42 years, and a little while ago I found out that a family friend just passed away. His wife was our first dance teacher and we became friends along with a bunch of other dancer who are also close friends now. It all started about 40 years ago.
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29. palmettobug53
11:14 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Pros, I am terribly sorry to hear about your friend. That is such a devastating diagnosis, esp for someone who has never smoked.

I had been thinking about your wasp problem. I know I suggested calling in a professional, if there was a nest but you can make and put out traps.

Emptying them is kinda gross (get Raindad to do it!) but perhaps it would get rid of some of the ones in your yard.

Wasp Trap
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28. sandiquiz
8:36 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
I haven't been busy today, in fact, I have been the opposite, very lazy!

I have seen your comment about your friend - I send healing thoughts and prayers over the Atlantic.
I am watching the "Closing Ceremony", but am recording it to watch tomorrow, as I am ready for bed, and it goes on for nearly another two hours!

Take care.
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